India’s diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

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The Ministry of External Affairs officially announced the diplomatic boycott of Beijing winter Olympics of India. Doordarshan will not telecast the opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing Winter Olympics.

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India will not send its envoy to the opening and closing ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics. However, India will send an athlete to attend the ceremonies. Earlier, India had supported Beijing Olympics. India also supported China for conducting winter Olympics during BRICS summit. India is withdrawing its support now for Chinese annoying actions.

Why is India boycotting the Olympics?
China has chosen the army officer Qi Fabao as the torch bearer. Qi Fabao was involved in the Galwan valley clashes between India and China in 2020. It was one of the bloodiest encounters between the two countries. India is of the view that by choosing Qi Fabao as the torch bearer, China is politicising the Olympics.

Qi Fabao – Hero of China
Qi Fabao sustained injuries in the clash that happened between Indian and Chinese armies on June 15, 2020. At least twenty Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers were killed during the clash. Qi Fabao was severely injured. But he survived. He is now considered a hero in the country. China took eight months to accept the fact that it faced casualties during the clashes.

Controversies
The world countires like USA and other European countries are boycotting China Winter Olympics. They are boycotting over China’s poor human rights record. US is against forced sterilisation campaign and mass detention camps organized against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China.

Operation Snow Leopard
It was an Indian Army operation. It was launched to oversee Chinese operations along LAC. It increased the deployment of Indian soldiers along LAC. The operation was led by Colonel Bikkmalla Santosh Babu. Indian Army had constructed a temporary bridge in May 2020. This aroused the Chinese troops. The Chinese troops came to dismantle the bridge on June 6, 2020. Following this, the Indian Army went on to remove a Chinese encroachment on June 15, 2020. All these Chinese operations were led by Qi Fabao. Both India and Chinese constructions were made in the buffer zone.

Where are the Olympics taking place?
Beijing becomes the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games.

The events will take place in Beijing, Yanqing (75km or 47 miles from Beijing) and Zhangjiakou (180km or 111 miles from Beijing).

Why are some countries imposing a diplomatic boycott?
Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics over China’s human rights record.

Athletes from those four countries are taking part but government representatives will not be in Beijing.

China has warned the four boycotting nations will “pay a price” for their “mistake”.

What sports are part of the Winter Olympics?
Alpine skiing
Biathlon
Bobsleigh
Cross-country skiing
Curling
Figure skating
Freestyle skiing
Ice hockey
Luge
Nordic combined
Short track speed skating
Skeleton
Ski jumping
Snowboard
Speed skating

Which country will host the next Winter Games?
The Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the next Winter Games, scheduled to take place from February 6 to 22, 2026.